Christopher Howell is the author of seven previous books of poetry, most recently Just Waking. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and the Washington State Governors Writers Award. His work has been included in the Pushcart Prize anthology three times. He is professor of creative writing at Eastern Washington University and senior editor of Eastern Washington University Press. He lives in Spokane.
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Winner of the Washington State Book Award, Light's Ladder reveals beneath the surface of the collective dream of family and serenity, the nearly un-nameable grief of losing a child to early death. In this his eighth collection, Christopher Howell's poems move with the rhythms of a soulful blues elegy whose artistic engine is precise and worshipful, and graced by a love that faces the unknowable with humble brokenness and enduring hope. Seamless, imbued with fire, Light's Ladder is a gift of understanding, even joy, in the midst of unrelenting sorrow.
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